This was according to Environmental Management Bureau Director Atty. Juan Miguel Cuna during the Communication and News Exchange Program (CNEX) held at the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Conference Room earlier today.
DENR chief Ramon Paje is set to sign a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the local government units (LGUs) in Metro Manila to help educate homeowners’ associations in the region regarding effective waste management. This is in line with the government’s thrust of improving the environmental and ecological situation of the country through various programs—all spearheaded by the government’s environment agancies.
By tapping homeowner associations, specifically members of household units, the advocacy for cleaner environment can be more easily achieved, with households being large churners of waste.
Atty. Cuna emphasized the exigency of proper waste management to curb pollution and total environment degradation in the country.
The linkage with LGUs is a way to implement effective waste management of households through environmental assistance, education, and advocacy—tasks carried out primarily by the EMB.
Atty. Cuna pointed out the rather big difference waste segragation can do to minimize the accumulation of waste in NCR.
The program can help in the management of some 8,000 tons of waste produced in Metro Manila alone where 30 per cent (around 420 truckloads) of which are uncollected and end up in rivers, esteros, and other bodies of water, Atty. Cuna added.
Homeowners associations are just one unit that the EMB and the DENR are eyeing in their campaign for cleaner environment. The barangays, roughly 897 of which in Metro Manila, are another group that these agencies are constantly working with in their quest of more conducive environmental condition in NCR, at least.
Barangays are under Republic Act 9003 which requires every barangay in the country to come up with their own solid waste management plan.